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Neil Joseph Sawyer

May 17, 1959 - Feb 14, 2017

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Milbridge - Neil Joseph Sawyer passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home in Milbridge. He was 57 years old.

Neil was born in Danbury, Connecticut on May 17, 1959 to Robert and Joyce Sawyer. He is remembered as being too smart for his own good, so it was a surprise to the family when he chose to join the Navy at the age of 23. He was proud of his time in service, earning many commendations, including recognition of his actions during the Gulf War. While stationed in the Philippines he met his future wife, Lucille Sawyer -- together they would have three children: Jill, James, and Joyce. After 20 years in the Navy, Neil retired to Maine, eventually settling in Milbridge.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lucille and two daughters Jill and Joyce. He leaves his mother, Joyce Sawyer, 7 brothers: Robert and his wife Dency (Windham, Connecticut), Gene and his wife Julia (Antrim, New Hampshire), James and his wife Valerie (Harrington), Paul (Harrington), John and his wife Tracy (Charlestown, Rhode Island), Patrick and his wife Carol (Harrington), and Michael and his wife Cara (Cherryfield), and 2 sisters: Dianne Cvercko and her husband Jack (Ormond Beach, Florida), Pamela Piper and her husband Edmund (Norwich, Vermont). Also, his many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Robert Sawyer, and his son, James Sawyer.

Above all Neil is remembered for his unwavering strength and courage in the face of his illness. Despite the struggles of M.S. he was always smiling.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michaels in Cherryfield on May 12th at 10 am. Friends are welcome to come and celebrate Neil's life.
Published on  May 1, 2017
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